You don’t need us to point you to the French Quarter.  We’re not against the French Quarter but when you tell people you’re coming to New Orleans, they’ll give a list of things they did when they were here, undoubtably in the French Quarter, so that you can relive their vacation.  There is a tourist New Orleans and then there is the real New Orleans where people go about their lives, happy and grateful that they make this wonderful city home.  For New Orleans recommendations while you are here, well, that’s what we’re here for.  We take our role as New Orleans goodwill ambassadors seriously.  Make your own good New Orleans memories while you are here.

We love to share to share everything we know about New Orleans.  Ours is a city like nowhere else.  New Orleans is magical.  It really is.

New Orleans' most interesting hotelier.
#1 place to stay in New Orleans, #2 in the U.S., #16 in the world. We’re working on that world ranking.


Each of our suites has a theme.  La Belle Esplanade is a mirror that reflects what it is like to live here.  Every room is a different color.  Every ceiling is a different color at La Belle Esplanade.  Every neighborhood in New Orleans is unique.  Every neighborhood has its own traditions, its own culture, its own panache.  New Orleans really is magical.  Let us help you discover and experience what you will find interesting in this kaleidoscope of a city.

No one is bored in New Orleans.  No one ever says their visit is too long.  It is always too short because the longer you stay in New Orleans, the more you’ll realize how much more there is that you’ve missed.  Five nights is the ideal amount of time to get a taste of the real New Orleans.  If you don’t have five nights, no worries.  Three nights will give enough of a taste to ensure you’ll be back for more.

Embrace your New Orleans bliss!
Embrace your bliss in New Orleans. No one leaves this magical city hungry, unless it’s hungry for more.

17.5 million people visited New Orleans in 2017.   17 million of them went to the French Quarter and caroused on Bourbon Street.  As most New Orleanians like to say, “Bourbon Street is for beginners.  Esplanade Avenue is for winners.”  Staying at La Belle Esplanade is advanced placement, off the usual tourist grid.  Welcome to The New Orleans State of Mind. Visit New Orleans like you belong here, not just like a tourist.  We live in a wonderful city.

There are about 1300 restaurants in New Orleans.  Melanie and I have dined at about 600 of them, give or take.  It is almost impossible to have a bad meal here.  The last time I made a count, there were over 70 restaurants within a mile radius of La Belle Esplanade, just a picturesque 20-minute stroll from our front door.  There are more since I did my last count.

No one goes hungry in New Orleans unless they are hungry for more.  Everyone is hungry for more New Orleans.  Catch New Orleans’s spirit while you are here.  Ours is a city of satisfied appetites.  Get your tailored New Orleans recommendations here.

You can’t get more local than a neighborhood restaurant off the tourist grid.  We are more than happy to make some New Orleans recommendations for you to enjoy lunch or dinner the way we do.  We are New Orleanians.  We live here.  We know our way around.  Be local.

La Belle Esplanade on Esplanade Avenue.
Our small hotel is an inspiration to artists, to visitors, and to the people who live in this magical city we call home.

Do you want to experience real New Orleans?   Do you want to visit our fair city in a New Orleans state of mind?  La Belle Esplanade has been ranked the #1 small artisanal hotel in New Orleans by TripAdvisor since April, 2014.  In 2018, we were ranked the #2 small hotel in the the United States and the #16 place to stay in the whole world.  Think about that.  New Orleans is a magical place.  Staying at La Belle Esplanade will help you appreciate New Orleans more.  Our New Orleans recommendations will help you discover more than you could imagine otherwise.  New Orleans is a kaleidoscope of a city.  It really is like nowhere else.





Our lobby is home to The New Orleans Odditarium, a small museum that is a collection of locally found and donated curiosities and curios.  Just about everything in our inn has a story attached to it, just like everything and everyone in New Orleans has a story.  You’ll never be bored in New Orleans.  There is always some new wonder unfolding here.  You will enjoy the time spent in our neighborhood and at our small craft hotel.  La Belle Esplanade is your home for the length of your visit.  No one ever says their stay is too long. There is always some new story to discover in New Orleans.  We live on a beautiful street in a beautiful house surrounded by beautiful and interesting things.  You can experience what it’s like to live in New Orleans yourself on Esplanade Avenue.

Wanna know what it’s like to stay at La Belle Esplanade?  We are unofficial New Orleans goodwill ambassadors here.  We know a lot about New Orleans.  We know a lot about New Orleans:

Follow our blog.  Follow us on Facebook.  If you are looking to experience New Orleans the way we do, like the people who call this city home, there is really only one choice.  La Belle Esplanade is for lovers.

There are over 36,000 hotel rooms in New Orleans, and that’s not counting all the AirBnB and VRBO listings.  Choose the best when you come to New Orleans.  We only have five boutique suites.  Only the lucky few can stay at La Belle Esplanade.  Here is a link to our calendar.  Plug in your dates and see if we have room for you.  Orleanianauts are always welcome.  You have two friends on Esplanade Avenue.  Good memories that will last a lifetime are made on our street every day.  Choose wisely

You have two friends on Esplanade Avenue.  We look forward to meeting you and sharing what we know about this wonderful city we call home.